in this case, the right people were jen, sela, and linus, and the right vehicle was theirs. mamas up front, boys in the middle, girls in the back. something for everyone. especially dutch brothers (boys have smoothies, girls have not-so-hot-chocolate, mamas get their caffeine fix of choice. thanks, steve, for my gift card!)
unconference weekend continued with a trip to the bay area discovery museum. it was magical! i can't believe we hadn't been there before! (actually, it's because i get cranky driving all the way to san francisco, especially by myself, and i know that with a largish museum, both of my children would want to see and do different things and i could not accommodate all of that so i tend to avoid those kinds of situations. since there was another adult present to help mind our offspring and diana is fairly self-sufficient and could go off to explore with sela, i could stay with ander and things could work out for the best.)
|view of ander's beloved golden gate bridge from the decks of the museum|
|shopping in the gift store first is sometimes a good idea. then there's no rush at the end of the visit, and one can spend the entire time being happy with one's well-thought-out, non-rushed purchase.|
|bamboo boat makes cool sounds when you stomp on it. the rigging has bells. the bucket onboard has little drums.|
|construction zone! wonderfully ground gravel, perfectly-sized tools. funnels, dump trucks, and lots of open space.|
|easily ander's favorite of the day. up the rope ladder, down the rope ladder. inviting new friends to check out the view.|
|i've got the music in me!|
|so that's what hatches in a nest like this!|
|we didn't even make it over here to explore. i so want to go into the dark seclusion of the twisted branch caves.|
|another fabulous use of stumps. much more fun and eye-pleasing than stairs.|
successful weekend. i wanted something as a substitute for the community feeling we get at our homeschool conference - this really worked for me. the kids got an adventure with their friends, the mamas had heartfelt discussions during the drives and strengthened our connections with each other.
i think we need to do this more often.